Resonate Glenn Hughes
- 2My Town04:07
- 4Let It Shine04:48
- 6God of Money05:05
- 7How Long05:59
- 8When I Fall03:56
- 10Stumble & Go03:24
- 11Long Time Gone04:36
Info for Resonate
A true vocal and musical icon of our times, in the past couple of years Glenn concentrated again on his solo career. Sold out crowds were the order of the day, while touring non-stop throughout 2015, with shows in South America, Europe, UK, Japan and Singapore. In addition, late in 2015, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame based in the USA, announced that Deep Purple including MKIII, are finally to be inducted after several previous nominations over the years. This was a culmination of a 40+ years career which saw Glenn leave his indelible mark in several musical endeavours and bands, including Trapeze, Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, his collaborations with Gary Moore, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and most recently with Black Country Communion and California Breed.
2016 was his busiest year yet. With summer festivals and solo shows in the USA, UK and Europe, finally Glenn’s first solo album in over 8 years that will see the light of day! “Resonate” is truly a triumphant return to form for “The Voice of Rock”!
From album opener, “Heavy”, to the very last chords of the closer, “Long Time Gone”, it promises to be a contender for‘Album of the Year’. The new album features his live solo band members, Soren Andersen (guitars and co-producer),Pontus Engborg (drums) and newcomer to his band, Lachy Doley (keyboards), in addition to long-time friend and drummer, Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), who joined them in the studio for the opening and closing numbers. It might well be the most heavy sounding of his solo albums, but as is his trademark, musical diversity shines through and as Glenn commented upon completion of the new recording, “this album is the first kind of a complete Glenn Hughes album”.
No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card and the new album, “Resonate” will shine as a true Glenn Hughes landmark release.
A funk rock pioneer since his pre-Deep Purple days in Trapeze, Glenn Hughes has covered much additional musical ground with the likes of Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Hughes/Thrall, Black Country Communion and California Breed, these last two all-star ensembles accounting for the eight year gap since his last solo album.
Hughes describes Resonate as “the first … complete Glenn Hughes album”, and he’s right on the money; the songs are informed by his experiences to date, with his principal strengths to the fore, resulting in a classic hard rock album that gives Hughes’ 70s golden-era pedigree a current touch, laid down with Purple-style instrumentation (guitar, bass, keyboards heavy on the Hammond, drums) by musicians with chops out the wazoo but the taste to use them where they hit hardest.
Heavy and My Town set the initial pace, both upbeat and weighty with dextrous arrangements, moving through the brooding Flow, on to funkier fare in Let It Shine and Landmines. Hughes’ soulful vocals consistently match lung power with an ear for a distinctive vocal melody, and hints of psych (Beatley keys, wah-tinged solos) enliven many of the tracks. Resonate emphatically relaunches Hughes as a valid, creative artist.
Glenn Hughes, vocals, bass, acoustic guitar
Søren Andersen, guitars
Pontus Enborg, drums, percussion
Lachy Doley, keyboards
Chad Smith, drums (on Heavy & Long Time Gone)
was born at Cannock, in Staffordshire, on August 21st 1952. He left school at just 15, his sights set on a career in pop music. His first bands were the Hooker Lees, then The News in early 1967. Hughes switched to bass guitar when he joined a better outfit, Finders Keepers, later the same year. They played clubs in the Midlands and cut one single (Hughes did backing vocals on it!).
Hughes' singing and bass work was influenced by soul performers like Otis Redding, and the Tamla Motown sound. In late 1968 Hughes, with Mel Galley on guitar and Dave Holland on drums, decided to form their own group. The Moody Blues, one of Birmingham's most successful groups, were setting up their own label, Threshold, and became interested in Hughes' new outfit, now a five piece named Trapeze. Trapeze released their first album in 1970 but quickly slimmed back to a trio. Their second album Medusa was much punchier. Trapeze made scant impression in England but in America, with the sponsorship of The Moody Blues, they built up a respectable following. Trapeze even based themselves in Los Angeles for a time. Their third and final album, You Are The Music, was issued in late 1972 and they began to promote it in early 1973. It was during these shows that Ian Paice and Ritchie Blackmore clocked Hughes live and felt he might fit their concept of a new Deep Purple line-up. He was offered the job.
His tenure in Purple saw him slowly add funk influences to the group, and Stormbringer was very much a white soul based rock album. But when Bolin joined, he and Hughes - after a successful start in the studio - began to lose sight of the band on tour.
When Deep Purple split Hughes was full of plans, but a short lived reunion with Trapeze ended after a handful of gigs and a guest slot on one studio album. His first proper solo album Play Me Out took a long time to reach the shops and in 1978 this white soul offering was very out of tune with what was happening in the rock scene.
The next ten years saw Glenn wrestle with drug addiction, and his recording career was sporadic. A well received rock funk offering with Pat Thrall in 1982 promised much. He also guested on a rock concept album Phenomena, joined Gary Moore for a time in 1985, and even spent time fronting Black Sabbath the next year.
Only in the early nineties did Glenn finally sort himself out, first with some Trapeze reunion shows, then a series of often strong solo rock albums. He began touring to promote these and this continues. He has also done a huge number of sessions, and also formed a liaison with Joe Lynn Turner for The Hughes/Turner Project, which has issued a couple of albums and toured both Europe and Japan.
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